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“Patti LaBelle – On My Own ft. Michael McDonald”

“Patti LaBelle – On My Own ft. Michael McDonald”

“On My Own” was a Billboard #1 hit duet by singers Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald when it was released as a single in 1986. It was released from LaBelle’s first platinum album, Winner in You and was written and produced by Burt Bacharach and his former wife Carole Bayer Sager. The song was originally recorded by singer Dionne Warwick for inclusion on her album Friends. It is unclear why the song was not included on the final tracklist. The song was based on a relationship that had reached its end with both parties going their separate ways in a melancholy state with the occasional option of coming back together again one day.

It was often stated the two performers were in separate cities when they recorded their individual parts which were then “married” during mastering. This was reflected in the music video produced to promote the song, which depicted LaBelle and McDonald performing the song simultaneously on different coasts. The singers were shown on separate sides of a split screen, each singing the song while walking through apartments which had identical layouts but different decor and furniture. The views from their respective porches, where they finished the song, made clear their separation by the continent.

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“GET CLOSER – Seals and Croft – featuring Carolyn Willis”

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Get Closer is Seals and Crofts’ eighth studio album. The title cut was a top 10 hit in early 1976, reaching #6 on the Pop charts, and #2 AC. It would be their final top 10 hit. “Goodbye Old Buddies” reached #10 on the AC chart as well.

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the group ‘Honey Cone’: Carolyn Willis (left)

The song “Get Closer” features the vocals of Carolyn Willis, who had been in the group Honey Cone.

“Sweet Green Fields” was sampled in the 1997 song “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” by Busta Rhymes and later in 2002 by Syleena Johnson on her song “Tonight I’m Gonna Let Go”, which was based on “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See”.

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“SONNY AND CHER – I GOT YOU BABE”

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Sonny & Cherwere an American pop music duo, actors, singers and entertainers made up of husband-and-wife Sonny and Cher Bono in the 1960s and 1970s

The discography of American Pop rock duo Sonny & Cher consists of five studio albums, four compilation albums, one soundtrack album, two live albums and twenty-one singles. Sonny and Cher had released three albums and one single which achieved Gold status in the United States, those being: Look At Us, Sonny & Cher Live, All I Ever Need Is You and I Got You babe. In the decade they spent together, Sonny and Cher sold over 40 million records worldwide.[1]

Their debut single was released under the pseudonym Caesar and Cleo, and was “The Letter”, on the Vault Records label. Later in 1964 they released “Love Is Strange”, a cover of Mickey & Sylvia’s 1957 classic, and “Do You Wanna Dance” on the Reprise Records label, Those singles received little attention[2] in the US and failed to chart in the Billboard 200. In 1964, “Baby Don’t Go” was released as a single and was their first success, becoming a regional hit on the West Coast. After the success of “Baby Don’t Go” the couple signed a contract with Atco Records in the US and Atlantic Records in the UK and Europe. On this label, they released three studio albums and two greatest hits compilations between 1965 and 1967. After “I Got You Babe” reached #1 on the Billboard Chart, “Baby Don’t Go” was re-released by Reprise Records and reached #8. The single was included on the album Baby Don’t Go – Sonny & Cher and Friends, a compilation released by Reprise with their old recordings under the label.

The couple achieved their international success between the years 1965 and 1972, especially when they were signed to Atco/Atlantic Records and MCA/Kapp Records, with hit singles like “I Got You Babe”, “Little Man”, “The Beat Goes On”, “All I Ever Need Is You”, “A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done” and “When You Say Love”. Their albums Look at Us, The Wondrous World of Sonny & Chér, In Case You’re In Love, All I Ever Need Is You, and Mama Was a Rock and Roll Singer, Papa Used to Write All Her Songs were released in North America, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, South Africa and Japan.

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Posted by on July 3, 2017 in duet, entertainment, music

 

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“If I Could Build My Whole Around You -MARVIN GAYE AND TAMMI TERRELL”

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“If I Could Build My Whole World Around You” is a popular song recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967 and released in December 1967. Written by Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol, and Vernon Bullock, the single was Gaye & Terrell’s third single together and the second to go Top Ten on both the Pop and R&B charts of Billboard, peaking at number ten and number two, respectively.

The duo’s vocals go back and forth as they described what could be if either was able to “build a world” around their loved one. It was one of few songs that set the duo apart from other R&B duos of the time. In time, this song among other legendary duets by the two soul icons would become the landmark for R&B duets to this day. The song was also one of the few songs that was written by someone other than Ashford & Simpson, who had written several hit songs for the duo.

Marc Broussard covered this song for his 2007 album SOS: Save Our Soul. Swedish Pop Idol winner Agnes Carlsson covered this song with Erik Hassle in 2009 for her UK debut album Dance Love Pop.

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“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Lyrics) – George Michael feat. Elton John”

“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Lyrics) – George Michael feat. Elton John”

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” is a song written by English singer-songwriter Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin. It was released as the first single from Elton John’s 1974 album Caribou; it was released that year during the latter half of May in the United Kingdom, and on 10 June in the United States. The song found further success in 1991 in a version recorded live as a duet between John and George Michael which reached number 1 in the UK and US.

1974 Elton John version

Lyrics and music
In the song, Elton sings to someone he has helped and from whom he is now experiencing rejection:

I took a chance and changed your way of life
but you misread my meaning when I met you
closed the door and left me blinded by the light
don’t let the sun go down on me
although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see.
I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
but losing everything is like the sun going down on me.

It was written with the other songs on the album during a ten-day period in January 1974.

The chorus of the song is supported with a horn arrangement by Del Newman, and features backing vocals of the Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston, and Toni Tennille. Also on the song are percussion accents provided by Ray Cooper and a mellotron played by Dave Hentschel.

“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” charted on 1 June 1974 in Great Britain, making it to number 16 and reached the Top 10 after four weeks. On 10 August, the song’s two-week stay at number 2 ended. In the U.S., it was certified Gold on 6 September 1974 by the RIAA. In Canada, it reached number 1, becoming his fifth chart topper in that country.[1]

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Posted by on June 19, 2017 in 1970s, duet, male vocalist, r&b, songwriter

 

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 “Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt – I Don’t Know Much” 

Don’t Know Much” is a song written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Tom Snow. The original version of this song was recorded by Barry Mann in 1980 and was made famous when it was covered as a duet by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville in 1989.

History

The song had a rich history prior to its success in 1989. It first appeared on Barry Mann’s self-titled 1980 album, released on Casablanca records. Bill Medley and Bette Midler (under the title “All I Need to Know”) then had minor chart success with it in 1981 and 1983, respectively.

In 1985, Audrey Landers recorded the song as “All I Need to Know” for her second album for the German market, Paradise Generation, by Glenn Jones on his 1987 self-titled album for Jive Records, and gospel singer Cynthia Clawson also has a version under this title on her 1990 album Words Will Never Do.

In 2000, Barry Mann re-recorded the song with Brenda Russell on his album Soul and Inspiration released on Atlantic records.

Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville version

The song was covered on Linda Ronstadt’s Triple Platinum 1989 album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. It was introduced to Ronstadt and Neville by Steve Tyrell. Co-produced by Tyrell and Peter Asher, it was released as a single in the U.S. in 1989, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December, 1989[2] (behind Phil Collins’ Another Day in Paradise) and #1 (where it held for 5 consecutive weeks) on both the adult contemporary chart and pop sales charts. The single was certified Gold and eventually sold over 900,000 copies in the US alone. In the UK, the song peaked at #2 on the British pop chart. The song also hit #1 in Canada, Ireland, Australia, and several other countries. The song proved to be Ronstadt’s tenth Billboard Top 10 Pop hit.
“Don’t Know Much” won Ronstadt and Neville the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and was nominated for Song of the Year.

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Posted by on June 19, 2017 in duet, pop music

 

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“SOUL TRAIN Theme Song – By the Sound Of Philadelphia and the Three Degree Vocals” On YouTube

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“TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” is a 1973 hit recording by MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother) featuring vocals by

The Three Degrees

. A classic example of the Philadelphia soul genre, it was written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff as the theme for the American musical television program

Soul Train,

which specialized in African American musical performers. The single was released on the Philadelphia International label. It was the first television theme song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] and it is arguably the first disco song to reach that position.

The song is essentially an instrumental piece, featuring a lush blend of strings and horns in the Philadelphia soul style.

There are only two vocal parts to the song: a passage close to the beginning during which The Three Degrees sing “People all over the world!”; and the chorus over the fadeout, “Let’s get it on/It’s time to get down”. The words “People all over the world!” are not heard in the original version. The version heard on

Soul Train

also had the series title sung over the first four notes of the melody, ”

Soul Train, Soul Train”.

This particular version was released on a 1975 Three Degrees album, International.

TSOP hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1974 and remained there for two weeks, the first television theme song to do so in the history of that chart.[1] It also topped the American R&B chart (for one week) and adult contemporary chart (for two weeks).[2] The Three Degrees would revisit the top of the AC chart later in 1974 with their hit single, When Will I See You Again.

Don Cornelius, the creator and host of Soul Train, refused to allow any references to the name of the television series when the single was released, leading Gamble and Huff to adopt the alternate title for the release. Cornelius would later admit that not allowing the single to be named Soul Train was a major mistake on his part.[3]

Although it was rerecorded a number of times for future versions of the show, and various different themes were used during the late 1970s and early 1980s, TSOP returned in the late 1980s and remained the theme song for Soul Train through the disco, 1980s R&B, new jack swing, hip-hop, and neo soul eras of black music.

TSOP was covered by Dexys Midnight Runners and released as a B-side on the 12″ version of the “Jackie Wilson Said” single, later issued on the remastered version of the album Too-Rye-Ay. The band also used it to open some of their live shows.

Another remake of the tune was made in 1978 by reggae band Inner Circle, who had a history of covering American soul songs in the laid-back reggae style of the late 1970s.

Two more covers were made in 1987 (by George Duke), and 1999 (by Sampson); both versions would be used as themes for Soul Train. The 1999 theme would be used until Soul Train ‘s final episode in 2006.

The song is played at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia prior to every Phillies home game. The song was also played after Vancouver Whitecaps NASL home games at Empire Stadium in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and after Vancouver 86ers CSL home games in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Pilipinas, Game KNB?, a Philippines game show hosted by actor/politician Edu Manzano, used an adaptation of TSOP (Tanya) called Papayo Yowza as its theme. The song’s opening was also sampled as program identification for all Philadelphia 76ers games broadcast on WCAU-AM in the mid-to-late 1970s.

In 1998, German act BMR featuring Dutch singer Felicia Uwaje sampled the single in their song Check It Out.

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